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As more faculty adopt UC Davis Canvas, fewer students use SmartSite

January 26, 2017

The campus is three-fourths of the way home. Seventy-five percent of instructors who are teaching with a learning management system (LMS) this term are using UC Davis Canvas.

That’s up from 60 percent last fall, and explains a major change in LMS use among students. Last autumn, almost all students had at least one class apiece in Canvas and SmartSite, and so they used both systems. Now so many instructors have adopted Canvas that about 10,000 students don’t need to use SmartSite this term.

On Feb. 6, learn more about who’s collecting your data

January 10, 2017

Want to get savvier about online snooping?

Come to the free showing of the 2013 documentary film “Terms and Conditions May Apply” in room D of the Student Community Center from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and campus visitors are all welcome. You can enjoy free snacks while you watch.

72 percent of winter courses are using UC Davis Canvas, up significantly from fall

January 09, 2017

As of Jan. 9, the first day of instruction, 72 percent of winter term instructors and courses using a learning management system have chosen to use UC Davis Canvas. The other 28 percent continue to use SmartSite.

The numbers are based on the 1,500 winter quarter course sites that UC Davis instructors have published so far, and could change slightly as the remaining winter sites are published. The results depict a solid advance from fall 2016, when 57 percent of courses and 60 percent of instructors used Canvas.

On the security horizon: Wider use of ‘two-factor’ logins for campus services

December 07, 2016

Services that require a high level of security often use two-factor authentication—a process that requires you to enter your password plus a second piece of information before you can log in.

You probably use two-factor now when you visit your financial or health-care websites. You might also see it more frequently on campus websites and services over the next year or two.

First notices on UC’s required cyber-awareness refresher training will go out soon

December 02, 2016

Remember the required UC cyber-awareness training you finished several months back? If you completed it about a year ago, then it’s nearly time to take the short, online refresher. Look for an email with details by January.

Since late 2015, the University of California Office of the President has required all new UC faculty, staff and student employees to complete the training, then take an update course each year. Taking about 30 minutes, the refresher is 15 to 30 minutes shorter than the introductory session, and includes updated information.

Check out Box’s improved search and other upgrades, starting Tuesday

November 04, 2016

Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 8, faculty, staff and students at UC Davis who use the Box cloud storage service can try out its new features and cleaner look.

According to Jeremy Phillips, who directs information technology for the Division of Social Sciences and helps oversees Box at UC Davis, the revision creates a “more streamlined and capable version of the web interface,” including:

    New topics added to series of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty, TAs

    October 27, 2016

    As instructors gain experience using UC Davis Canvas, many want to learn about more than its core features. A new series of workshops will help satisfy that interest. 

    Information and Educational Technology has announced a set of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty and TAs through summer 2017 that will cover topics ranging from modules and rubrics to group work and mobile apps.

    UC Davis Canvas is replacing SmartSite. Most instructors are already using Canvas, although SmartSite will be available for teaching through spring term.

    Ransomware targets everyone … but you don’t have to be everyone

    October 24, 2016

    Related topic: An FBI agent will discuss cybersecurity at a free lunch talk on campus from noon to 1 p.m. 10/26 in TC 3. See details.

    “Ransomware” is malicious code that hackers install on your computer to encrypt and lock up your files. Then they tell you to send them money if you want your data back.

    The volume of attacks has risen sharply, and although anyone can be a victim, education is a top target. But you can take some fairly simple steps to protect yourself.

    SiteFarm, a new campus resource for creating websites, moves to beta

    October 13, 2016

    SiteFarm, UC Davis’ modern web publishing platform, will be available to early adopters in a beta release starting October 19.

    Developers and communicators can use SiteFarm to build and manage websites. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes cloud hosting. Cascade, a content management system (CMS) adopted by the campus several years ago, continues to be available.

    Some of the features and benefits of SiteFarm are:

    Banner is back online

    October 11, 2016

    Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, is back online. So are the services that rely on Banner for student data, including myucdavis, SISWeb and SISDocs.

    A hardware failure took Banner offline early on Friday, Oct. 7. The vendor replaced the hardware that afternoon. Testing revealed additional errors, which were repaired, and the vendor recommended further scans and testing. Because the Banner data files are large, that work continued throughout the weekend and Monday. Technologists turned Banner back on at 5 a.m. today, Oct. 11.

    This website has more information about Banner. If you have questions, please contact the IT Express Service Desk at 530-754-HELP (4357).

    Banner outage affects campus services

    October 07, 2016

    A hardware failure caused Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, to become unavailable as of approximately 7:30 this morning, Oct. 7. Services that depend on Banner for data, including myucdavis, SISWeb, and SISDocs, are not currently available.

    The vendor, Oracle, has replaced the part that appears to have caused the failure. The campus has begun a process to restart and test the service. We expect the system to be up sometime this evening, but please check for updates.

    Campus adds Canvas workshops for faculty on gradebook, assignments

    September 29, 2016

    Faculty can learn more about creating assignments in Canvas, and using Canvas as a gradebook, in two new advanced workshops that will be offered nearly a dozen times each this fall.

    The sessions are meant for instructors or TAs who have at least a basic knowledge of UC Davis Canvas, the new campus learning management system. The workshops will be led by one of the instructional technologists who work for Academic Technology Services in Information and Educational Technology.

    More than 1,100 courses are using UC Davis Canvas as fall begins

    September 23, 2016

    The transition from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas is well underway. As of today, Sept. 23, approximately 1,000 instructors were using the new campus learning management system to teach more than 1,100 published classes enrolling 29,600 students.

    “That’s more than the number of courses that are still using SmartSite,” said Todd Van Zandt, learning management system program manager. “It’s an excellent start. We appreciate the hard and thoughtful work that many people have done to get us here. We especially appreciate the work of the faculty as they have begun to adopt Canvas.”